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Vermiculture Technology

Earthworms, Organic Wastes, and Environmental Management

Edited by Clive A. Edwards, Norman Q. Arancon, Rhonda L. Sherman

CRC Press – 2010 – 623 pages

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    978-1-43-980987-7
    December 19th 2010

Description

Co-edited by international earthworm expert Clive A. Edwards, Vermiculture Technology: Earthworms, Organic Wastes, and Environmental Management is the first international, comprehensive, and definitive work on how earthworms and microorganisms interact to break down organic wastes on a commercial basis. Many books cover the importance of composting for reducing the amount of organic wastes in landfills. This reference focuses on innovative vermiculture technology that turns organic waste into a value-added environmentally friendly products that can improve soil fertility and productivity on a large scale.

Chronicles more than two decades of growth and changes in earthworm composting technology

Based on the work of an outstanding international cast of scientists, the book explores the dramatic growth and changes in vermiculture technology since 1988 and assesses advances made in government-funded projects in the United States and United Kingdom. The contributors discuss outdoor and indoor windrows, container systems, wedge systems, and low labor-requirement, fully-automated continuous flow vermicomposting reactor systems that can process more than 1000 tons of organic wastes per reactor per annum. They also highlight the science and biology behind the use and efficacy of vermicomposting, examine its importance to developing countries, and detail the technology of the past, present, and future.

Although the development of a range of vermicomposting technologies has been rapid and the spread of vermicomposting dramatic, the scientific literature remains scattered throughout a range of journals, newsletters, and online resources. As a compilation of information designed specifically to have an extended shelf life, this volume chronicles how vermiculture can be brought into full commercial and industrial development and find application in integrated waste management systems.

Contents

Introduction, History, and Potential of Vermicomposting Technology, C.A. Edwards

Relationships between Composting and Vermicomposting: Relative Values of the Products, J. Domínguez and C.A. Edwards

Biology and Ecology of Earthworm Species used for Vermicomposting, J. Dominguez and C.A. Edwards

Discovery and Development of New Species for Vermiculture, S. James and A. Guimarães

The Microbiology of Vermicomposting,J. Domínguez

Small-Scale School and Domestic Vermicomposting Systems, R.L. Sherman and M. Appelhof

Low-Technology Vermicomposting Systems, C.A. Edwards

Medium- and High-Technology Vermicomposting Systems, C.A. Edwards

The Potential of Vermicomposts as Plant Growth Media for Greenhouse Crop Production, N.Q. Arancon, C.A. Edwards, K. Webster, and J. Buckerfield

The Use of Vermicomposts as Soil Amendments for Production of Field Crops, N.Q. Arancon and C.A. Edwards

The Production of Vermicompost Aqueous Solutions or “Teas", C. Salter and C.A. Edwards

The Suppression of Plant Pathogens by Vermicomposts, A.L.H. Jack

Use of Aqueous Extracts from Vermicompost (“Teas”) in Suppression of Plant Pathogens,C.A. Edwards, A.M. Askar, M.A. Vasko-Bennett, and N.Q. Arancon

Suppression of Arthropod Pests and Plant Parasitic Nematodes by Vermicomposts and Aqueous Extracts from Vermicompost (“Teas"), C.A. Edwards, A.M. Askar, M. A. Vasko-Bennett, and N.Q. Arancon

The Use and Effects of Aqueous Extracts from Vermicomposts (“Teas”) on Plant Growth and Yields, C.A. Edwards, A.M. Askar, M.A. Vasko-Bennett, and N.Q. Arancon

Human Pathogen Reduction during Vermicomposting, C.A. Edwards and S. Subler

Heavy Metals, Earthworms, and Vermicomposts, A.J. Morgan

Quality Criteria for Vermicomposts, C.A. Edwards, S. Subler, and N.Q. Arancon

The Commercial Potential and Economics of Vermicomposting, J. Jensen, B. Christie, and C.A. Edwards

The Production of Earthworm Protein for Animal Feed from Organic Wastes, C.A. Edwards and A. Niederer

The Use of Vermiculture for Land Improvement, K.R. Butt

The Potential of Earthworms Produced from Organic Wastes in Production of Pharmaceuticals, M. Balamurugan, K. Parthasarathi, L. S. Ranganathan, and E.L. Cooper

The Status of Vermicomposting in North America: A Rapidly Developing Technology, R.L. Sherman and P. Bogdanov

Vermicomposting in Businesses and Institutions, R.L. Sherman

New Developments and Insights on Vermicomposting in Spain, J. Domínguez and M. Aira

Vermiculture and Vermicomposting in the United Kingdom, K.R. Butt and B. Williams

Vermiculture in Australia and New Zealand: From Earthworm Production to Commercial Vermicomposting, K.A. Webster and J.C. Buckerfield

Origins and Spread of Vermicomposting in India: Focus on Sustainable Agriculture, R. Kale

Vermiculture in the Philippines, R.D. Guerrero, III

The Status of Vermicomposting in Indonesia, B. Gunadi

Vermicomposting Projects in Hong Kong, D.J. Ellery and T.C. Kai

Vermicomposting Research and Activities in Mexico, E. Aranda-Delgado, I. Barois, M. de los Santos B., and B. Hernández-Castellanos

The Scope of Vermiculture in Cuba, M.M. Reinés Álvarez and C. Rodríguez Aragonés

Commercial Applications of Vermiculture in China, S. Zhenjun

Progress in Vermicomposting in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine, M. Svetlana

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Name: Vermiculture Technology: Earthworms, Organic Wastes, and Environmental Management (Hardback)CRC Press 
Description: Edited by Clive A. Edwards, Norman Q. Arancon, Rhonda L. Sherman. Co-edited by international earthworm expert Clive A. Edwards, Vermiculture Technology: Earthworms, Organic Wastes, and Environmental Management is the first international, comprehensive, and definitive work on how earthworms and microorganisms interact...
Categories: Agriculture, Soil Science, Biodiversity